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Sonny & Cher

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Sonny & Cher were an American pop and entertainment duo in the 1960s and 1970s, made up of spouses Sonny Bono and Cher. The couple started their career in the mid-1960s as R&B backing singers for record producer Phil Spector.

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Sonny & Cher
Sonny & Cher at Heathrow Airport, London, England in 1966
Sonny & Cher at Heathrow Airport, London, England in 1966
Background information
OriginLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active1964–1977[lower-alpha 1]
Past membersSonny Bono

The pair first achieved fame with two hit songs in 1965, "Baby Don't Go" and "I Got You Babe". Signing with Atco/Atlantic Records, they released three studio albums in the late 1960s, as well as the soundtrack recordings for two unsuccessful movies, Good Times[1] and Chastity, with Cher contributing vocals to one cut, "Chastity's Song (Band of Thieves)".[2] In 1972, after three years of silence, the couple returned to the studio and released two other albums under the MCA/Kapp Records label.

In the 1970s, they also positioned themselves as media personalities with two top ten TV shows in the US, The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour and The Sonny & Cher Show. The couple's career as a duo ended in 1975 following their divorce. In the decade they spent together, Sonny and Cher were nominated for two Grammy Awards and sold over 40 million records worldwide.[3][4] Rolling Stone ranked them No. 18 on its list of the 20 Greatest Duos of All Time.[5]

Performing under her first name, Cher went on to a highly successful career as a solo singer and actress, while Sonny Bono was eventually elected to Congress as a Republican U.S. Representative from California. The two performers were inducted to the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1998, following Sonny's death in a skiing accident.